Sweet Hearts by Melanie Thon

Sweet Hearts

Melanie Thon

A disturbing book about a dysfunctional family with a mixed race background. The relationship between the brother and sister is powerfully portrayed.


They shaved the hair from the dolls' scalps then stripped their tiny clothes to examine plastic bodies. Sometimes the bodies felt hard, sometimes rubbery. Their legs came off; their torsos were empty. When you pulled their heads from their necks, they just kept smiling. The children left pieces of bald, naked babies stuffed under pillows and hidden in cupboards. They dropped china. By accident at first and then on purpose. They stood on chairs. They stood on tables. Cups exploded on tiles. They loved that sound. Forbidden noise. No one slapped. No one threatened. No grandpa here, no judge, no mother. No deaf aunt to clean up your mess in silence.

  • Little by David Truer
  • Bonnie and Clyde - the film

Books with similar mood


Niall Griffiths

Maps of the Soul

Ahmed Fagih

Darkness and Company

Sigitas Parulskis

Jakob's Colours

Lindsay Hawdon

The Demented Dance


Nineteen Eighty

David Peace

Where I Left My Soul

Jerome Ferrari

Child's Play

Kia Abdullah

Fires in the Dark

Louise Doughty


Sean O'Brien

Woman of the Ashes

Mia Couto

House of Stone

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

The Prince's Boy

Paul Bailey

Only Killers and Thieves

Paul Howarth

The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone

Will Storr

Love in Exile

Bahaa Taher


Sarah Perry

The Fishermen

Chigozie Obioma

The Collaborator

Mirza Waheed

The House of Rajani

Alon Hilu

A Golden Age

Tahmima Anam

The Daylight Gate

Jeanette Winterson

The Time of Light

Gunnar Kopperud

A Mouthful of Glass

Henk van Woerden

The Concrete Sea

John Dalton

Terra Nullius

Clare G. Coleman

Black Water

Louise Doughty

Land of No Rain

Amjad Nasser


Peter Temple


Shusaku Endo


Patrick Langley

Taduno's Song

Odafe Atogun

Burial Rites

Hannah Kent

Zone One

Colson Whitehead

Home Fires

Elizabeth Day

The Dinner

Herman Koch

Psalm 119

Heather McRobie

A Long Long Way

Sebastian Barry


Nicholas Royle


Peter Huby


Roger Hubank

The Father of Locks

Andrew Killeen

Blue Ticket

Sophie Mackintosh

Flood of Fire

Amitav Ghosh

The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea

Bandi .

The City Always Wins

Omar Robert Hamilton

Song for Night

Chris Abani

The Sluts

Dennis Cooper

Windows on the World

Frederic Beigbeder